NEW YORK — Matt Coleman III scored 14 points, Jericho Sims had 12 points and nine rebounds and No. 22 Texas rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat California 62-45 on Friday night in the 2K Empire Classic consolation game.
A night after falling to Georgetown, Texas (5-1) played in front of a sparse crowd against Cal (4-2), with Madison Square Garden only beginning to fill up late for the Duke-Georgetown nightcap.
Texas never trailed, with Cal tying it just once at 21 on Matt Bradley’s free throws.
The Longhorns led 25-21 at the half and took a 13-point advantage on Kai Jones’ put-back dunk with 12:35 left. A put-back dunk by Jericho Sims to made it 51-38 with 5:48 left.
Jase Febres added 12 points for Texas.
Bradley led Cal with 22 points.
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The last time the teams played each other, Texas beat Cal 71-55 in the 2K Classic Championship game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21, 2014.
With the loss to Georgetown, Texas likely cost itself its spot in the Top 25. However, with the win over Cal, the Longhorns should still be receiving votes.
Texas: The Longhorns bounced back from their first loss of the season with a win over a Power Five opponent before a week off.
California: The Golden Bears have lost back-to-back games after starting the season 4-0.
Texas: Hosts McNeese State on Nov. 30.
California: Hosts UC Davis on Tuesday night.